Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year with Alma Latina

This blog is beginning to roll. Just got to get enough people interested in sharing their pearls of wisdom on Latin dance with our reader/dancers. But it is moving along very nicely and getting more hits on the counters. We need as much pertinent data as possible and it is your decision as to what is pertinent. The dancers on Twitter are doing very good. It’s so easy to over look dancing details when we have to open so many emails every day, specially now that we have seven blogs to handle.

"To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak." Old Hopi Indian Saying.

“Some submit to dancing rather than enjoy it. You can see these two
contrasting styles on any dance floor today. Those who enjoy using
their bodies and who have a true sense of rhythm and those who
move grudgingly, out of a sense of correctness and duty.”

We got it straight off the Nancy Ortiz Twitter page and we thought we could help.
 Saludes a todos y Felice Año Nuevo.

The key to increasing the hits, remains in the Comments on each blog, the Information Contributors and the possible Guest Authors. We must concentrate on them, specially on Oahu. They will make the difference and the blogs will become Social Media and one of them, the best will go into independence. And of course, no one knows what that means.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Big Island

Because of the Rail Disaster, more people are moving out of Oahu and to the Big Island. There is plenty of room there and second city is developing very nicely in the Kona -Kailua area. There will be a third city on the North Shore. Fortunate too that they are building a very good bus system similar to what Frank Fasi had in mind when Honolulu had one of the best in the land.

On the West Side of the Island which is building up very good.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

On the East side of the Island in Hilo

"Dance is your pulse - your heartbeat - your breathing.
It is the rhythm of your life."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Makua Alii

On Thursday, the 22nd I took the #53 bus from Pearl City at 5:12 pm and arrived at Ala Moana Center a little after six. Took a nice leisurely walk to Kaheka and bought a chocolate cake at Don Quijote and from there is a short walk to Makua Alii.

"Jingle Bells"

The people were already having a feast. They were soon at the dessert table helping themselves to the goodies.  By 7 pm they had general dancing and even a nice line dance. Christmas tunes were in the music fitting in very nicely with the occasion. They had a good solid crowd and the floor was adequately filled. Whatevah, they sure have a fine group here. Terrific.

"Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly"

"Wishing you a Merry Christmas to everybody,
Aloha, Lulu

Mele Kalikimaka from the senior dancers.
Happy New Year to all. by Anonymous

Merry Christmas to all the dancers and teachers.

I got several people to take some pictures and they will do better next time. This blogging is an ongoing thing. They had a lottery for Christmas gifts, plenty of dancing. And they even had a couple of exhibition dances. I left early because the Handi Van was to pick me up at 8:30. Got there only five minutes late and I was home early.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Marie Reports

We have just done winding up the last Christmas data on all the blogs and we can now start working on the new year data. This is the first one.

"This new Book is called Opportunity and the first chapter
starts on New Years Day."

Direct from Marie:
Orchid Isle Ballroom Dance Club in Hilo Celebrates New Year, with
Ron Montez and Guest performances by Oahu Studio, Dance Appeal
dancers... featuring Professionals Renna & Sergio Villanueva
and their Fabulous keikis!

This blog once near the top and now with the bottom blogs. Not much holding it up for we don't have the full potential for this sector. But  we have hopes. First we need comments in the blog from anyone except anonymous. Then find a few steady information contributors willing to share their dance information with their fellow dancers. Then finally find the Guest Authors that can make this blog independent from the original founder.

"Here Comes the Sun" By The Beatles

Just received email from Marie, some of the most beautiful song videos of "Ave Maria." By some of the best singers in the world. Just beautiful. Thanks Marie and a Merry Christmas to you and Paul too.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Latin Christmas

This is the last of the Christmas entries in our blogs. We give it a rest on Christmas Day and start again for the New Year on the 26th. We got the blogs on track and wish everyone the best.

We encourage all reader/dancers to help us keep this blog up to date by letting any of the Contributing Editors know if we have done something wrong or you have something about dancing that we should include. It can be done in various ways, the simplest is to insert in the comments section at the end of each blog. You can also email us and include the name of the author. Anonymous does not click in blogs.

"White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

Latin music and dance continues to be recognized except it is still too diverse. We will get to the point where we will be fairly comfortable. Latin Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Samba and Tango seem to be the most solid for over a century. Social Latin Dancing will come.

"Like snowflakes, our Christmas memories gather and dance -
Each beautiful, unique and too soon gone."

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Xmas and Da big island

As varied as the people of the neighbor islands, so too are the dances. There are many dances performed in the neighbor Islands such as the Hawaii Hula and their interpretation of the social ballroom kind. Dance categorizations range from geographic localization, to socialization functions and to dance influences. As the popularity of the Social Dance groups gain in their ascendancy, so too, does the need to create and recreate acceptable social dance forms. At the moment these contemporary issues are the ideas of bringing the ordinary dancer into the entire stage of developing social dancing on these islands.

On the Big Island, Huggo's.

Received from Huggo's on the Big Island so we making some contact with the Big Island. The neighbor islands are what this blog is going for. And we can get together on a friendly basis.

And the Dance Night Club on the Big Island is coming soon too. Not only good for the residents of the the Big Island but also good for the rest of the neighbor islands. We need Two Centers from the other islands and Molokai and Lanai are looking good. Anyone else? Everything moves slowly but that is just fine with me. I am 91 years old and somethings are just too fast and I will screw up for sure.

E-flat walks into a Pearl City bar, The bartender says,
"sorry, we don't serve minors!"

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dancing is back.

By Leslie Cheung, Ewa:
Beginning with Aiea Ballroom Dance Association and followed by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club in the late 50s, in West Oahu - dancing began to move to downtown Honolulu. Rapidly they formed five or six dance clubs and the center of ballroom dancing on this Island all these years has been definitely Honolulu.

"Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me."

Now with the big increase in interest in Aiea, and Wahiawa, apparently dance is back. But as Tony Bennett said when asked about the renewed popularity of his music with the new MTV generation, "It never went away!" Social dance is being rediscovered by a new generation in West Oahu who is in the process of redefining it and they acknowledge the presence of Latin dancing. Movies and Television entice with the lure of the steps with each new exposure, and there has been increased interest in the dance studios to learn them.

  "Sweet Caroline" By Neil Diamond

The Moanalua Corridor was ready do business but the Rail Disaster has screwed it up something awful. There are weekly bankruptcies and this section of the island used to be one of the most populated next to Waikiki. If they can find a place to work in the areas, it is Kapolei and the Central Valley, and even Waianae and the North Shore. But the present rail party is blocking any business parks from being built in these areas. "I coulda been home in 20 minutes."

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Some students will come for the few basic steps and leave happy. Others will choose to continue to perfect their dance with the help of the terrific dance teachers available in the West. The students will remain to uncover the greater mysteries of dancing and become life long servants, as it is happening in Kapolei and the Central Valley. What about downtown Honolulu? Hell, they know what they are doing.

Q: How many ballroom dancers does it take to screw in a light bulb ?
A: Changing lightbulbs is not allowed in Ballroom.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dancing on Oahu

By Richard Davis, Makaha
Many years ago when I was a young teacher in New York, teaching both American and English (International) style, I believed along with the English, that all dance teachers should be licensed. I also believed in absolutes: One must always (or never) do this or that. But along with maturity usually comes wisdom and one realizes that “always” and “never” are rarely true.

"Social dancers know that the best vitamin to be a happy person is B1."

I also believed in universal standardization of all dances and steps. How dull! It is this very lack of licensing and standardization that make the classic American Style or social style excel, if we do not allow ourselves to be unduly influenced by International style enthusiasts.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

It is sad that young American style dancers have allowed themselves to be swept into the fad of viewing our American style through the eyes of International style dancers which innately cannot be flattering. Let us suppose we chose to standardize a style and steps similar to those used by Gene Kelley. Would we then declare Fred Astaire’s style and steps wrong and eliminate him from the ranks of dancers?

 "Gimme Dat Teeng" By Pipkins

If dancing had been standardized, would Kelley’s career even come into existence since Fred Astaire preceded him? Ridiculous? But that is exactly what we are doing when one style labels another wrong or worse yet inferior. We are crushing creativity and thereby growth. International Modern has grown little from its beginnings shortly after the turn of the century and competitions produce clones. Some people are hooked on that and we should let them. But we have the right to do our own thing too.

"As much as wine has played the infidel and robbed me of my robe
of honor, I wonder often what the vitners buy one half so precious
as the stuff they sell." ~ Omar Khayyam, from The Rubaiyat.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Mariachis

When the first primitive guitars evolved in the 1700s, the music was very diverse in Spain and it was more jumbled in the colonies with the Indian music. The Indians found the placement of the fingers for the chords was easy but the right hand plucking with different fingers was more difficult. And they discovered that if they could just finger the chords and strum the guitar, they could make their music according to the chords.

"Gossip needn't be false to be evil - there's a lot of truth
that shouldn't be passed around."

The original Mariachi music evolve from this strumming and with time it has been modified into one of the worlds most beautiful sounds. It has now gone all the way down to South America.  It is important to remember the son-and other types of Mariachi music- is not just music to be played and sung. From the very start it was music to be danced. Due to its popularity it came to be a music to listen to and it progressed to a concert fashion in the 20th century.

"Jalisco, No Te Rajes" por Jorge Negrete

Now, in the 21st century they are finding out that they can make music for dancing. Waltz. Rumba, Cha, Cha, Cha, Samba, Tango, and what else you got? The Charro suits are the perfect adornment for Mariachis. Where did they come from?

"Cien Años" por Pedro Infante

The traditional Mexican charro is known for colorful clothing and participating in coleadero y charreada, a specific type of Mexican rodeo. The charreada is a national sport in Mexico. Prior to the Mexican Revolution of 1910 the distinctive charro suit, with its sombrero, heavily embroidered jacket and tightly cut trousers, was widely worn by men of the affluent upper classes on social occasions, especially when on horseback. This was slowly acquired by the Mariachis as a costume to wear.

“The discovery of a wine was of greater moment than the discovery
of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Will Go To The Top?

Things are looking up again for this blog. We are making new contacts every day and someone is going to come across soon that will help get it back on track. The information contributors are still the most valuable at this time. With their help we can find the right places to recommend to our readers. That will clinch the upswing in hits.

“Let us not cry because this beautiful dance party is over,
let us smile because it happened.”   

I am also meeting some of the very good social dancers that are on Oahu. Many believe in seeing a step and changing it and taking it one step a little further according to the way you feel the music. They don't believe in a right and a wrong way to do a step. When advising, they choreographed for each individual dancer and let each couple do it their own special way instead of forcing everyone to be the same.

"Haleiwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii

Social dancers are not in a competition. As a rule, most have an incredible amount of energy and a great love for dancing. They are threatened by no one. they are open and generous and take everyone in without criticism. Our social dance world is evolving very nicely because most are willing to share their knowledge with their fellow dancers. And by the way, what is "street dancing?"

"Love Makes A Family" by Willie K.

Red wine seems to be on the increase in our dancing environment. Red Wine in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and certain substances in red wine called antioxidants may help prevent coronary artery disease, the condition that leads to heart attacks. So Dancers are not far off for a nice evening of eat, drink and dance. That's us.

"Every person in Hawaii can dance.
And every one of them could be amazing.”

Friday, December 9, 2016

Year End looks OK.

I expect the entire blogosphere to remain the same for the rest of the year. We just may have some startling changes in January. Platinum Horseshoe remains in front with Town Dancer firmly in second place. The rest of the blogs are up for grabs. The Two Centers (the information contributors) will be the next determining factor. I cannot do it by myself so it is up to our fellow dancers, which of course, is Social Media.

"Dancers understand well that the very fact that a person is thankful implies someone to be thankful to."

Photographs are still very important but we cannot have a photo album. That is for Web sites. I cannot move around as before but I am getting some good photos from the dancers around me. I thank them, and the readers thank them. The results are just beautiful, dancing in a social atmosphere that we are willing to share with our fellow dancers.

"Dance The Night Away" by the Mavericks 

For our blogs, two people in the photo is far better than one. Three is better than two and Four is better than three. And most people understand that 40 is not better than 39 people in the photo. And 39 is not better than 38. The photographers will make the ultimate decision. From the photographers I will get that one deluxe photo to make into a "transparency." Yes, I know, not many understand this. And I may also use it for the fake magazine cover. But it is in the plans for next year.

"Hukilau Song" by Don Ho

From Dancing Nights blog:
This guy wants to go into a nightclub in Waikki, but the bouncer says -"Sorry, bud, you need a tie for this place." Our Hero goes back to his car and rummages around, but there's no necktie to be found. Finally, in desperation, he takes his jumper cables, wraps them around his neck, ties a nice knot, and lets the ends dangle free. He goes back to the nightclub, where the bouncer says..."Well, OK, I guess you can come in. But don't start anything!"

Just Rolling Along

Blogging Hawaii, the dance blog, seems to be finally getting a little more attention. The search engines of Google, Facebook and Pinterest are doing just fine, though I don't know exactly what they are doing. Anyway more people are getting to know about our blogs, the hits are going through the roof and it should progress from there. A little dance news from anyone to share with our reader/dancers will do very nicely.

"The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most
singular difference between happiness and joy is that
happiness is a solid and joy a liquid."

Platinum Horseshoe, the dance blog is now firmly in first place ahead of Town Dancer. Only took ten years. So with plenty readers I have added a "page" to it same as in Town Dancer. Right underneath the header, just click the name and you can see the poster. I am old so we progress very slowly. Just gotta hustle a few more Two Centers, which could eventually become Guest Authors, if they choose. Then I can do less writing.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero

Just heard of a new kind of DJ on the Mainland. He plays song videos on a big monster screen on the stage. Could be Benny Goodman orchestra playing Sing, Sing, Sing. With a good PR system you got the music and you got the big band right there on the Band Stand. The dancers seemed to enjoy this new visual element.  Perhaps someone will continue to experiment with this new trick as we move ahead in our dancing on Oahu.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Michael Buble

Everything flowing smoothly for this blog but I don't intend to keep it that way. And we must help Dancing Nights which is at the bottom of the pile for the moment. I must get more information contributors. I get a few, now and then, that state, 'I will make this one, but I don't want to make any commitments." Fine, I am glad to get what I can. And I understand how they feel, but I must continue to look for steady information contributors.

“Stories don't always have happy endings but fortunately,
in dancing it can be done." 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Partner Dancing.

Gender Roles in Partner Dancing: by Gerald Schmidt, Makakilo

Traditionally, partner dancing has been danced in male/female couples with roles assigned based on gender. Men lead and do the simpler, more basic moves. Women follow and they "shine" and usually do the most graceful of moves. These roles require the acquisition of different skills, and the recent gains in liberating women and men from such rigid gender roles in American society at large has done little to loosen the rules on the dance floor.

"Most dancers are never bullied into silence. They never allow
themselves to be made a victim. They accept no one's
definition of their lives, - They define themselves."

While we may prefer that every dancer were required to learn both roles, such a fantasy is not at present practical. If you are male, you will be expected to lead and there is plenty to learn. And on most occasions if you are female, you are expected to follow and of course, it is the most difficult part. So it is best that you spend more time learning the role that is assigned to your gender and enjoy your part in moving to your favorite music. This is being done daily throughout the world. No Hu Hu.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

But if you think you would enjoy learning the role not traditionally assigned to your gender, all the power to you. Just be aware that someone has to lead and someone has to follow (even if you take turns) - otherwise it's a different activity (perhaps wrestling?)

"The best dancers are not always the best teachers. -
The best teachers are not always the best dancers."

Saturday, December 3, 2016


One of the most beautiful dances the world has ever seen and with some of the most beautiful music to go with it. Yeah, but which one? The world is gradually evolving to the Social Rumba and it looks more like the American Style than anything else. Even in South America, danced with pleasure to their favorite Rumba music.

"Latinos know that life will always give us a second chance
and it is called, Mañana."

The Americans goofed up using the box step for the basic. Arthur Murray started it with a Slow, Quick, Quick. Fred Astaire schools began teaching it and Art took Fred to court and he won. Fred Astaire then changed his box step to a Quick, Quick, Slow and got away with it. Fred Astaire Studios control the American Competitions so what do they dance? Guess! That is what has been holding back the good social Rumba that could have been from the Caribbean.

"Por Tu Maldito Amor" por Xavier Solis

Most of the dances in the Caribbean were a Rock Step and a Slow Step to a four count. The Beguine, the Calypso, the Guaracha and most of the rest of them. The British took that basic and installed in their Rumba. Nice. And that basic is now the "Alternative basic" for the evolving Social Rumba. All the rest of the standard movements can be done just as easily.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

December is calling

It seems to be a happy crowd of dancers on this island of Oahu. And Christmas is always an opportunity. There are many plans by different people at different places and at different times. All of it in good clean fun. The blogs will get the information of what is coming up and the good part is when they can report on the happy dancers at play. I have been invited to WBDC and I hope we can make two good blogs on the fiesta.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Men dancers in West Oahu have been like in other places, but now with the men, our friends and neighbors, finding out that they don't have to wear cowboy boots or cowboy hats to line dance, there is a renewed interest. The results seem to be that in West Oahu, in line dancing, we are developing the equal to the old time street dancers, that means both men and women. And they all learn, the music first, the timing second and then the styling. We are heading into the right direction and will end up getting some of the best dancers on this or any other island.

"We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness,
we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams,
we are the dancers, we create the dreams."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


By Percival Gonzales, Ewa Beach

Tango is almost unknown on Oahu and yet everyone seems to dance some Tango to some of the most beautiful music on this Island. It may help to know a little about what it is all about. The Tango did not exist before 1890. Then is when the  Milonga (due to bad reputation) was renamed Tango by the high class people in Argentina. And even then it was hyphenated as Tango-Milonga by the people.

"We can dance the dance that we dance. We don't have to
dance the dance that people who dance dance."

It all began as a cat dance by the Pre-Inca Civilization dancers. And it was quite simple. Several stalking steps and a pounce at the end. The date is unknown but it was well over a century (1300s,) before the arrival of the first illegal aliens. The Spaniards that made friends with the Indians, learned the Indian movements to the dance and made few changes, except that the two count was firmly established.

"El Dia Que Me Quieras" por Carlos Gardel

It became accepted in the bordello areas of bigger cities, and the pimps loved it. These areas were mostly inhabited by the new "Mestizos," persons of mixed ancestry, Spanish and Indian. And this new Milonga was danced a full century before the slaves came in the late 1600s. And there were few changes in the dance until the big arrival of Europeans in the 1860s.

"Nostalgias" por Placido Domingo

The Germans brought with them a small hand held accordion like instrument, The Bandoneon. This instrument, and the influence of the new arrivals change the Milonga movements closer to the tango of today. By 1910 when it was exported, they were developing more differences to the way it was danced.

"La Media Luz" por Julio Iglesias

Today on Oahu, the Argentine Tango is the most important followed by the American Tango, and then the International Tango. We have an added one here on Oahu due to thee large Filipino population. And in West Oahu the Filipino Tango is commonly seen and accepted by all. It may meld with the American Style and evolve into its own Hawaiian Tango.